People who share potential misinformation on Twitter (in purple) rarely get to see corrections or fact-checking (in orange).
Shao et al.
Information on social media can be misleading because of biases in three places – the brain, society and algorithms. Scholars are developing ways to identify and display the effects of these biases.
A man browsing the shoe department in a shopping centre. Can he really afford new shoes, and does he really need them?
Under some circumstances, people may feel wealthier than they actually are and this makes them psychologically more prone to increase their spending, as well as their borrowing.
What surprises will this year’s tournament have in store?
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Can a computer model correctly predict the results of the first round in this year's tournament? These mathematicians think so.
Bike-sharing schemes work when users leave the bikes in safe places that don’t inconvenience others, so why doesn’t everyone do that?
Mental short-cuts guide our everyday decision-making. Unfortunately, five biases can lead us to deny responsibility for our poor decisions and are creating problems for share-bike schemes.
People across Africa don’t have access to mental health professionals. A new community-based approach in Zimbabwe is proving effective.
Lay workers are being trained to help Zimbabwe manage mental issues in communities. So far it's proving successful.
“Safe debt” played a role in bringing on the GFC.
The next financial crisis might be caused not by greed, but a human bias towards safety.
‘I don’t want to see it.’
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If someone sees or hears something they don't want to believe...they probably won't believe it.
There’s a reason why some people don’t want to listen. Know that and you might stand a better chance of getting your point across.
What gets in the way of a productive conversation about risk communication? Being a normal human, that's what.
Technology exacerbates the news echo chamber, but it can also be the solution to overcoming our deep-seated psychological biases.
Individuals from both sides of politics will refuse to accept evidence that contradicts their beliefs.
We like to think that our political views are well reasoned and backed by evidence. But research shows how easily we all succumb to cognitive biases to justify our own deeply held views.
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If the site is increasingly where people are getting their news, what could the company do without taking up the mantle of being a final arbiter of truth?
Did the Chicago Cubs break the curse of the Billy Goat to win the 2016 World Series in baseball?
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Many sports enthusiasts are notoriously superstitious. Why is that so?
Is it even Donald Trump? Or just a symptom of living in a post-truth world?
Every one of us is vulnerable to thinking that the ideas we hold dear are reasoned or principled positions. But how many of our ideas are adopted and defended as part of our tribal identity?
They gamble less with their hearts than their heads.
Erosion of the case against sugar.
Money can corrupt. But that doesn't mean all types of funding – or intentions – are the same.
This has gotta be the deal of the century!
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You're no mug right? Think again. We all get fooled by anchoring, and probably use it ourselves as well.
This sign might actually be appealing to treasure hunters in the distant future.
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Our natural difficulties in thinking about the future, low probabilities and considering risk make many of our views about nuclear power problematic.
Earthquake in Haiti killed more than 100,000. That’s hard to imagine.
People find it difficult to understand the true value of loss of life when the numbers are large. For instance, a study found that people are more willing to donate money to an organisation when just one…
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Urban legends get around, but we don’t really understand why. We conducted a study to explain how misinformation spreads surprisingly fast and why people feel compelled to share it. There are many urban…
More than half of Australians say they recycle for mostly environmental reasons.
Most Australians overestimate how much they are doing for the environment compared to others, and are more concerned about water shortages, pollution and household waste than climate change, a new CSIRO…